Ball python

Ball python

Latin name: Python regius

As Round As a Ball!

  • A unique characteristic of this snake is its method of defense; far from being aggressive, it would rather resort to rolling itself up into a ball, hiding its head in the center of its body. It draws its name from this tactic.
  • It is the smallest African python. Unlike its cousin, the reticulated python that can reach lengths of 10 m, the ball python rarely exceeds two meters.
  • Two small spurs are visible on each side of the cloaca. They might be vestigial back limbs. Those of the male are more prominent and might serve to find and hold on to the female's cloaca when mating.
  • Pythons are among the rare reptiles that provide parental care. In fact, during incubation, the female rolls herself around her eggs to protect them and help maintain their temperature.
  • The ball python is a popular pet. It is also the most abundant snake in zoological parks and private collections.
  • Distribution Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Habitat Woodlands, tropical and dense forests
  • Diet Carnivore
  • Status Least concern
  • Zoo Zone Afrika Pavilion

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What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov